New super light bike so I couldn’t use my old Nukeproof Spring ( mind it works better as both bike are kitted up ) on such a beast, I meet Mirka and Dave Garland last year at National Champs so I thought I would get in touch and see if they could help me out, Mirka runs Super Alloy Racing and sell shock springs with pom spacers, talking with Mirka she suggested that 250lb spring should suit my fully kitted body weight, once paid for the shock spring turned up next day amazing service ( other suppliers please take note)
Dad striped the original spring off and replaced it with the new one and spacers, then it was out with the tape to set the Fox recommended 30% sag, we are going to Revs on Sunday for some testing and fettling.
You can find out a lot more of the techy stuff here at Super Alloy Racing
Well it’s on it’s way full on mega beast, full carbon factory Saracen Myst DH Bike, can’t wait for it to arrive so we can set it up and get shredding.
Well my trusty old Stance has gone and a new toy has arrived, I’ve wanted a Nukeproof Scout for some time and now I’ve got one, a 2018 Nukeproof Scout Race a lot lighter than the Stance and seems to climb better as well.
I thing I had the Stance for 2 years and in that time it had been a really good bike all I had done to it was ne suspension bearings, new rear Mech, new cables and a chain, but I think in the short ride I have had on the Scout I wont be missing the Stance for to long.
The full spec of the Scot is,
Nukeproof Scout Race
Roll on the weekend for more playing on the Scout.
Fantastic day at Hopton today with Dad, I still have my cold that keeps going and then coming back but the sun was out so that wasn’t going to stop me, on the way there the temp was 0 degrees C but you couldn’t see any frost, by the time we got there it had risen to 2 degrees C the ground was rock hard so the tracks should ride nice and fast if a little slippy, all the trails in the shade were frozen but dry with very little ice anywhere.
After using my new 7 IDP helmet from Chainreaction Cycles for over a month or more it is really good value for money, not to hot, mind the weather hasn’t been that hot either and a very good fit well pleased for the money.
As we rode round it seemed quite hard work with my cold but good fun on the downs, the temp had warmed up to 4 degrees by now and in place the ground had started to melt and get quite slippery, the picture above shows the bikes really clean we were over three quarters round and then we came onto open and thawed ground, what a difference really sticky mud on top of a frozen layer, then things got dirty.
New 7 IDP from Chain Reaction as my Fox has seen better days, first impressions look good, nice fit, good finish, mind only when I get out on the trail will I be able to tell what the ventilation is like and if my head stays dry from sweat, can’t wait until the weekend and give it a good ride and take away that brand new look with some mud.
Dad got some of these Uber finned brake pads for the Saracen, they are a lot cheaper than Shimano genuine pads and the brake pad can be replaces as it’s not fixed to the finned back plate so should hopefully save some money ( keep dad happy )
When it came to fitting them it seemed a little fiddly to start trying to hold 5 separate bits and fit them all at the same time, but it didn’t take to long to get it sorted, hopefully the bike is now all sorted for Antur on Sunday.
What Uber Bike Components say about there pads.
First proper pair of MTB shoes Shimano AM 41, been riding in trainers and high tops but these should help with grip on the pedals and also a lot stiffer in the sole so should also help when pedalling, going to give them a go at Llandegla tomorrow lets hope the weather is ok.
Well tried my new shoes out and fair play they are brilliant great grip on the pedals, keep you feet warm and dry ( yes it did rain a bit ) so well pleased with them.